Trying to keep my head above water so I stayed out the Navy

from Big Sean (Ft. Lupe Fiasco) – Wait for Me Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He’s trying to be successful financially (keep his head above water). People in the Navy spend lots of time in and around water, hence their heads being underwater.

Interestingly, this parallels very closely to what Kendrick Lamar said in “Hiiipower”.

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